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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW- “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”

My youngest daughter actually screamed when we left for school this morning. She was lugging her backpack to the car when a neighborhood kid pedaled past us on his bike. This guy must already be out of school because he was wearing swim trunks and flip flops, and whistled a happy tune as he whizzed past us. It was simply too much for Lucy, who has a week left of school, so she understandably screamed.
It’s this utter exhaustion and school-malaise that will speak to kids who see Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Continue reading →

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MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: Is “Captain America: Civil War” OK for Kids?


Those of us who have MARVEL fans for kids have some big decisions to make this weekend. Oh, its NOT whether or not to see Captain America: Civil War. No, that’s definitely going to happen because we’re just as excited to see it as our kids. No, we have to decide when and where we’ll see it, and IF we’ll spend the extra cash for full-blown IMAX 3D.

See, we wouldn’t miss Captain America: Civil War if The Hulk himself was blocking the door, so this blog isn’t for people like us.

No, I want to talk to all the other parents out there who DON’T watch the MARVEL movies with their kids. If you have little ones who have no interest, you’re excused. Go watch Bubble Guppies and eat Cheerios with them but for the rest of you, why? Continue reading →

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TOP 5 MOVIES to See with Your Kids Over Spring Break

My kids were out of school for Spring Break last week, so I’m actually late with this post. Forgive me, but I was simply too busy running around the beach, trying to convince myself it wasn’t cloudy and 65 degrees. Our break is earlier than most schools though, so you might still be planning yours. There’s always at least one cloudy Spring Break day that’s best spent in a theater, so here are my Top 5 to Films See with Your Kids over Spring Break:

5. My first pick is Miracles from Heaven, but this one comes with conditions. This is a faith-based movie (even produced by T.D. Jakes) so there’s lots of God Talk. If that makes you uncomfortable, prepare to be totally gooned out. Jennifer Garner stars and keeps it from getting too heavy-handed, so don’t scratch it off your list entirely. Miracles from Heaven is also based on the true story of a very sick little girl, which is often difficult to watch. It might be too much for more sensitive viewers, but it might be just right for your crew. Here’s a link to my original review, which was actually made by my daughters and some of their friends. Check it out first, if you can’t decide about the movie.
http://juliesaysso.com/podcast-kids-review-jennifer-garners-miracles-from-heaven/ Continue reading →

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Chatting About Bigotry & the Reality of Pet Bunnies With the Directors of “Zootopia”

I have to start by saying THANK YOU to Mark Walters from www.BigFanboy.com for getting sick and letting me fill in for him for this interview. Mark and I saw Zootopia together and I know how excited he was to meet the directors, Byron Howard and Rich Moore. He lost his voice at an Oscar party the night before though (probably from screaming DENIED when Stallone lost that statue) and asked if I could help. I was thrilled to do so since I loved Zootopia as much as he did. Byron Howard also directed Tangled and Bolt, while Rich Moore helmed Wreck It Ralph so I was itching to talk to these guys before even seeing Zootopia.

Before you watch though, I have to address the fact that I always look like crap in these interviews. I’m not sure if it’s the lighting or camera angles but they always turn me into a monster. Sorry, I’m vain so I had to address the bright orange elephant in the room.

Don’t forget that Zootopia opens this weekend, and it’s the perfect movie to share with your kids over Spring Break. Click HERE to get your tickets in advance.

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MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: Disney Pixar Hits Puberty With “Inside Out”

Pixar hasn’t had the best luck with film critics recently. It’s last three movies Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University were met with mixed reviews and had some wondering if the animation giant had lost it’s edge. Now they’ve given us Inside Out, a film about an 11-year-old’s emotions which is Pixar’s most ambitious project to date. It also has film critics frantically searching Thesaurus for new ways to say “sweet” and “inventive.” Continue reading →

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Mommy-Movie-Review: Disney’s “Tomorrowland”

Disney’s Tomorrowland asks the question, “What would happen if all the world’s greatest scientists, artists and creative thinkers were brought to live in one place? Could they build a better world?”

Tomorrowland is that place but we soon learn it isn’t the utopia it’s creators intended. George Clooney’s “Frank” and Britt Robertson’s “Casey” are called up to Tomorrowland at different times but by the same young recruiter (played by Raffey Cassidy). The idealistic wonderland has run across hard times and needs their help to rebuild. Continue reading →